Jul 17, 2011 9:00am PDT
in afghanistan is down to a handful, perhaps two dozen or so. there are those in the presidential race who say, look, we can get out a lot quicker even than president obama thinks we can. is our mission done in afghanistan? >> no. no. >> why not? you have to folk ds sh. >> our mission is not done in -- our mission in afghanistan was not just to capture and bring bin laden to justice, although that was a big part of it, and i commend president bush and particularly president obama for having carried it out. i thought that was one of the high points of his presidency for which he will always get credit historically, whether he wins or loses re-election. it's a gutsy decision and the president carried it out 100%. but our mission in afghanistan is to basically end al qaeda and get the taliban under control so it doesn't go back to what it was in the past and to create a stability there so they don't threaten us in the future. so that doesn't become again the breeding ground for a tax on america the way it was in 2001. we're not there yet. afghanistan is a state of chaos and confusion, not in a st
Jul 3, 2011 6:00am PDT
, and then first john mccain spending the fourth with the troops in afghanistan. >>> minutes ago we were joined from kabul by the ranking republican on the armed forces committee, john mccain. you have been fearful that withdrawing the troops by september of next year is risky to the troops and advances made on the groupd. have you seen or heard anything on your visit there that causes you to rethink that? >> no, basically what i have seen and heard here, both from afghans as well as a number of americans is that it's an unnecessary risk, and it's not recommended by any of the milita military, and i hope it will work out, but it certainly deprives us of the troops that we need for the second fighting season. >> lieutenant general john allen, as you know, is the nominee to be the u.s. commander in afghanistan. he was testifying on capitol hill this week, and i want to play you part of what he said and basically his position is he supports the president's withdrawal plan. here is a little of what he said. >> this reality sends a important message as well as a sense of urgency that afghans must ta
Jul 31, 2011 9:00am PDT
the upcoming vote. >> -- ask about military strategy or how a troop drawdown in afghanistan would affect them. no. they ask whether they would pay for republicans to force the united states government to stop paying its bills. a region that has been rocked by violence and plagued by suicide bombers this month and wondered how they would take care of their families if the checks stopped coming next month. let me read a little bit of that that came out yesterday. "half a world away from the capitol, capitol hill deadlock, the debt crisis weighs heavily on troops in afghanistan. and the top question on their minds saturday, even as bombings rocked the city around them, was one a top united states military officer couldn't answer -- will we get paid?" admiral mullen went on to say, "i don't know the answer to that question. but either way, those soldiers, all of you must continue to work every day." this is really unacceptable. a country as rich and powerful as ours, men and women with bombs going off arnold them, shouldn't wonder if this country would leave them high and dry. this afternoon i've
Jul 31, 2011 6:00am PDT
afghanistan killing 12 officers and injuring 14.